hi, i'm katy and i'm a woodwind doubler. i play more than two woodwind instruments though, so maybe i'm really a woodwind...quadrupler? anyway, i play saxophone, clarinet, flute and bassoon. along with music, i love craft beer, breakfast food and, if you couldn't tell already, i love the color yellow. i'm so glad you came to check out my site! head over to the connect page for questions, inquires, rates, or just to say hi! i'd love to hear from you!
Combining a passion for musical theater, performance, and teaching, woodwind specialist Katy Faracy has appeared with the Grammy-nominated Milwaukee Jazz Orchestra, acclaimed contemporary music ensemble Present Music, and Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra. Passionate about exploring the music of our time, she co-founded and performed with the woodwind quartet Crimson Winds, which specializes in wind doubling and standard repertoire. Her eclectic interests run the gamut from traditional and contemporary classical to jazz, pop, funk, and music theater. She has performed or premiered chamber works by Logan Rutledge, Olivia Kieffer, Ethan Cypress, and Josh Idio, and presented other works by such acclaimed composers as Amanda Schoofs, Stacy Garrop, Anna Meadors and Andrew Koss.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, she spent her time studying saxophone, clarinet, and flute, and discovered her love for musical theater. She is dedicated to music education, and teaches private lessons on all of her woodwind instruments, enjoying regular opportunities to present educational clinics and master classes as both soloist and as a chamber musician.
Settled in New York City, Katy was a member of the orchestra for the National Broadway Tour of Chicago the Musical. She completed her master’s degree in woodwind doubling at Montclair State University, where she was on the extension division faculty, providing private lessons and chamber coaching. She also served as director of the Montclair State University Saxophone Ensemble.
Currently, Katy is the assistant band director at the Montclair Kimberly Academy High School and woodwind specialist faculty at the Montclair Kimberly Academy Middle School. She maintains a full private lesson studio.